Lucile Mae Davidson, 80, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Funeral services for Lucile M. Davidson, age 80, of Albert Lea, will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at Concordia Bear Lake Lutheran Church. The Rev. Susan Wallager will officiate. Burial will be at Bear Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the services at the Church. To sign the guestbook goto

Lucile died on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004 at St. John s Lutheran Home.

Lucile Mae Davidson was born on Dec. 20, 1924, in Carpenter, Iowa, the daughter of Herman and Anna (Torgerson) Mengeling.

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She was baptized at Deer Creek Lutheran Church in Carpenter. At an early age she moved with her parents to Six Mile Grove near Lyle. She attended school at the Nelson and Greg Schools and also in Marshfield, Wis. Lucile was united in marriage to Clifford E. Davidson on June 10, 1944, at the Lime Creek Lutheran Church, Emmons, where she was also confirmed. Lucile moved to Wisconsin while Clifford was in the Navy. After his discharge the couple moved to South Dakota and then back to Minnesota in 1947 to a farm near Kiester. In 1958 the family moved to a farm near Emmons and in 1980 they moved to Albert Lea.

Lucile was a homemaker and worked at the Kahler Laundry, Holiday Inn and the Good Samaritan Center. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary Leo Carey Unit 56 and the VFW Post 447.

She was a past president of the Emmons Legion Auxiliary Unit 318 (1962-1963) and past president of Leo Carey Unit (1982-1983) and past president of the VFW 447 (1988-1989). She was also the past county president and past county chaplain of Freeborn County American Legion Auxiliary. Lucile belonged to the Bear Lake Concordia Lutheran Church where she served as past president of the ELCA.

Lucile is survived by seven daughters and three sons: Nola and husband Donald Bengry, Patricia and husband Larry Armstrong, Marsha and husband Dennis Ellertson, Waynn and wife Anne Davidson, Pennie and husband Len Gillette, Dawn and husband Gary Sandsmark, Bruce Davidson, Celeste and husband Mike Howard, Sheila Davidson, and Craig and wife Pam Davidson; 25 grandchildren: Elizabeth Bengry, Jeremy Bengry, Jennifer Bengry, Maria Bengry, Laura Tyler, Tina Armstrong, Christina Ellertson, Shelly Seigler, Deyon Ellertson, Brian Ellertson, Selena Ely, Janelle Davidson, Allison Helton, Jesse Davidson, Mariah Davidson, Tonya Redden, Chad Sandsmark, Curtis Sandsmark, Renae Sandsmark, Daniella Cartwright, Jessica Cartwright, Katherine Maxxullo, Tiffany Davidson, Randy Davidson and Jessie Davidson; 22 great-grandchildren:

Conners Bengry, Katlin Bengry, Jared Armstrong, Patricia Tyler, Thomas Tyler, Christopher Ellertson, Joshua Ellertson, Brandon Boeck, Courtney Boeck, Zackery Seigler, Travis Seigler, Gabrielle Ellertson, David Ellertson, Theodore Ellertson, Megan Ely, Zackary Redden, Patrick Ely, Ryan Helton, Kelsea Helton, Cody Helton, John Whiting and Jacob Whiting; brothers: Earl Mengeling and Wilmer Mengeling; sister, Hazel Schiller; and many nieces and nephews.

Lucile was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford; daughter, Tamara Sue Davidson; grandson, Patrick Waynn Davidson; and sister, Myrtle Trackte.